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Using Custom Dictionaries
Using Custom Dictionaries
Before you can use a custom dictionary, you need to enable it first. You can enable and
manage custom dictionaries by using the Custom Dictionaries dialog box. In the dialog
box, you can change the language associated with a custom dictionary, create a new cus-
tom dictionary, or add or remove an existing custom dictionary. If you need to manage dic-
tionary content, you can also change the default custom dictionary to which the spelling
checker adds words, as well as add, delete, or edit words. All the modifications you make
to your custom dictionaries are shared with all your Microsoft Office programs, so you
only need to make changes once. If you mistakenly type an obscene or embarrassing word,
such as ass instead of ask , the spelling checker will not catch it because both words are
spelled correctly. You can avoid this problem by using an exclusion dictionary. When you
use a language for the first time, Office automatically creates an exclusion dictionary. This
dictionary forces the spelling checker to flag words you don’t want to use.
Use a Custom Dictionary
Click the File tab, and then click Options .
In the left pane, click Proofing .
Click Custom Dictionaries .
Select the check box next to CUSTOM.DIC (Default) .
Click the Dictionary language list arrow, and then select a language for a dic-
tionary.
Click the options you want:
• Click Edit Word List to add, delete, or edit words.
• Click Change Default to select a new default dictionary.
• Click New to create a new dictionary.
• Click Add to insert an existing dictionary.
• Click Remove to delete a dictionary.
Click OK to close the Custom Dictionaries dialog box.
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